Brewer Faces More Charges, Fiance Speaks Outby Jana Ritter - Published: 8/10/2015
After his short stint on Tennessee’s “Top 10 Most Wanted”, it didn’t take long for authorities to track down the truck driver wanted on 13 charges related to the I-75 crash that killed 6 people last June. In fact, it was only a day after Ben Brewer made the list that authorities were able to track him down in his home state of Kentucky and now he is facing 2 more charges following his arrest.
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Officers originally went to arrest Brewer at his home in London, KY last Monday but after they were unable to locate him there, they assumed he was on the run and the manhunt was on. By early Friday he was one of TBI's 10 most wanted and the U.S. Marshals Service began working with Lexington police to track the fugitive down. By Friday evening evening, the two agencies had located Brewer and his fiance, Charity Dawn Pennington, at a Hamburg parking lot in Lexington, KY and surrounded their vehicle. At first, he surrendered without incident but after the arresting officers found three grams of methamphetamine, Xanax and a large amount of cash on him and he was placed in the back of the police cruiser, Brewer threw a fit and kicked out window. He was jailed in Fayette County on additional charges of criminal mischief and trafficking a controlled substance.
Brewer is scheduled to be arraigned for the new charges in Fayette County court Monday and he will remain jailed there until he can be extradited to Tennessee where he faces 13 charges that include multiple counts of vehicular homicide. If convicted, each count of vehicular homicide carries between up to 30 years in jail as well as a $25,000 fine in Tennessee. Not to mention that he is also facing two civil suits of $10,000,000 and $12,500,000 for the deaths that resulted from the crash. Things are not looking good for the truck driver.
But fiance, Charity Dawn Pennington, spoke out on Brewer's behalf today saying that they weren't on the run since they have been living out of a truck and didn't even know he was wanted. She is also being held in the Fayette County Detention Center on charges of hindering prosecution and drug trafficking. Pennington was also in the truck with Brewer during the deadly Chattanooga crash and says he shouldn't even be charged considering what really occurred.
"He was involved in the crash. He hit the barrier wall to keep from hitting cars. There was other vehicles that wrecked in front of us. We were part of a chain reaction collision... We had talked to the NTSB and had given statements and everything like that and I kinda thought we had put it behind us," she said.